It’s official: NooSpace has become the first science fiction novel with its own cryptocurrency!
In the book, the virtual world is powered by a Bitcoin-like currency called NooCash that’s used to buy and sell goods, services, and real estate in VR.
Now, NooCash is “real.” I have created it as a token on the Ethereum platform. That means that if you have an online wallet that supports Ethereum, you can collect and send NooCash.
Now, everyone who pre-orders NooSpace on Inkshares will get free NooCash as a reward! It’s a fun thank you gift for all you existing supporters too. Look for an email with more details in a day or two.
What is NooCash good for? Not much. Yet.
Frankly, it has no cash value today, and there’s a chance that it never will.
But it’s still worth your while, for many reasons:
In one sense, NooCash is like a reward points system. When you order the book you get points (NooCash) that you could use to select gifts in the future.
More details about this giveaway are here on my blog site. Here’s my official Twitter announcement too -- please like or retweet it if you can.
I’m still giving away free real estate in VR to a lucky reader too.
The world of NooSpace is becoming real, one step at a time. Thanks again for your support!
P.S. Here’s the reward structure:
I really appreciate all of you who are supporting NooSpace! Everyone will get a copy of the book when it’s published, but publication can take a while, so there must be something else I can offer.
The standard promotion by other authors is an Amazon gift card giveaway once the book hits a pre-order limit.
That’s great, but I’d rather do something that fits with the Virtual Reality theme of NooSpace itself.
NooSpace is a 3D virtual world, owned by its players and backed by the blockchain, the same technology that powers Bitcoin.
For months, I have followed a similar VR-on-the-blockchain project called Decentraland. Like NooSpace, Decentraland will let people buy plots of virtual land and create their own structures and immersive 3D experiences on it.
Their project has just begun, so you can’t go online with it yet. But the Decentraland team just raised over US$25 million, so their Metaverse will get built in one form or another.
So here’s the promotion: Everyone who pre-orders the NooSpace novel has a chance to win their own plot of virtual land in Decentraland!
I will buy the land for you, and also build a 3D scene there straight from the NooSpace novel. You will have your choice of one of these scenes:
I’m open to other suggestions too -- even one of your own design -- as long as it’s not too complex. I already own MANA (the Decentraland cryptocurrency) to buy the land, and I can create the 3D content there for you to enjoy.
When the NooSpace novel gets funded, I will randomly award a lucky supporter their own slice of NooSpace in VR! (Or, the winner can choose an Amazon Gift Card worth $50 instead. But wouldn’t owning your own virtual space be more fun?)
Here’s a video about Decentraland, just to get you more excited.
Please repost and retweet this, if you are so inclined, to spread the word.
I have another promotion in the works too, which might be slightly more awesome. More about that next week.
First, some quick news: I’ll announce the first, unique VR-related promotion for NooSpace tomorrow! Keep your eyes peeled.
Meanwhile, here’s some world-building info about NooSpace itself. It’s a little geeky... but go ahead, indulge yourself.
I always enjoy the maps in fantasy and science fiction novels. I’ll often peruse a map in detail before reading the book, to help set the stage. So I’ve worked up a map for the first floor of NooSpace’s OldWorld dimension. It ain’t pretty yet -- the idea is to have a real artist create a nicer version one day.
But first, some background.
NooSpace is a virtual world where each player owns an area (or group of areas) within which they can create their own 3D environments, characters, objects and programming. Surrounding each person’s space is a community environment where players can interact, participate in events, go shopping, or just travel around.
Axon and Miranda, who you’ve met in the first chapters, handle tech support in this world, helping players create and maintain their spaces. And stopping break-ins too, of course.
Each player space has two parts: an external facade, and an internal private area. The facade is public and can be seen by everyone. The internal space is private, and accessible by invitation only unless the owner decides to make it public (as many owners have).
The player can create their own 3D facade -- within the design and decency guidelines of the NooSpace floor they are on -- though most choose to use stock templates like Western Store, Victorian Home, Art Deco Office, and so on.
The interior of each space can be set to a different scale than the outside, so players can create huge interior environments if they want. Whereas a standard space is 20 meters wide, the interior of that space can be up to 2 kilometers (1.24 miles) wide, a 1:100 scale. Each facade has a door, and when a player steps through the door their visual scale changes, and they see the huge interior space at normal size. Players who purchase adjacent spaces can create virtual worlds that are many kilometers in each direction.
NooSpace began with a single "floor" with a pre-planned layout. The following image shows the central area where the early action happens in the NooSpace novel.
I’ve posted the full map of Floor 1 on my blog, if you want to check it out.
Look for another update tomorrow!
It seems a little backwards to crowdfund my novel before it’s finished. I’m expecting a lightning strike from above to punish me for hubris.
I wouldn’t have posted NooSpace here if it wasn’t for the LaunchPad Manuscript Contest. Now that it’s here, and I have actual pre-orders, I’ve realized crowdfunding a book is handy for many reasons:
1. It compels you to finish the book. The idea for NooSpace has been bouncing around in my head for years (more about that later). I’ve always wanted to write it, but I’ve always found more important things to do. But a deadline always works for me, and a crowdfunding campaign gives me one. I will owe it to my supporters to get the book done.
2. It tests the story concept. Most writers have dozens of story ideas waiting for their turn. The challenge is knowing which ones to write. Crowdfunding lets you develop the idea, write part of the book, and then see if people like it. If it falls flat, you can go back and rewrite it, or just move on to another project. You don’t have to spend a year writing and editing the full book before you discover if anyone is interested.
3. It helps build an “author platform.” They say every successful author should define their own brand, build a following on Twitter and Facebook, build an author website, and manage their own PR and marketing. I am generally terrible at those things. This forces my out of my shell into the brave new world of self-promotion.
4. It connects you with other authors. The other writers here have been very supportive. Even other contest participants, with whom I am technically in competition, have been open and helpful. Regardless of whether NooSpace gets published on Inkshares, these relationships should be valuable in the future.
It’s not all unicorns and roses, though. Running a crowdfunding campaign means more time doing things that are not writing the book. My recent not writing has included:
In an ideal world, writers would focus on their craft and leave production and marketing to professionals who know what they’re doing. But first time authors would have to pay those pros out of their own pocket, based on unshakeable faith in their own work.
Crowdfunding seems like a good middle road: a way to build interest in the book, and build an author platform at the same time.
Let’s see how this plays out!